TV censors settle tussle over hockey fights
Canadian b'cast council rules they don't promote violenceTORONTO -- Breathe easy, sports fans, Canada's still safe for hockey fights.
TV censors here have ruled that the airing of professional hockey fights in a local TV sportcast does not promote or exploit violence away from the ice.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council said Wednesday that clips from NHL game fights that aired Feb. 7 on the Rogers Sportsnet cable sports channel did not constitute a breach of the voluntary industry code on TV violence.
"The reporting of the fighting was matter-of-fact, attracting no greater emphasis than the scoring of the goals or other exciting plays during the game updates," the CBSC panel concluded.
The ruling sprang from a TV viewer complaint that airing the fights "exploit violent action outside activity of the sport."
Rogers, defending their broadcast, held that fighting is a part of NHL hockey and falls within the accepted bounds of the sport.
Critics of ice hockey violence often point to coverage of high-profile fights on TV sports highlight shows as grounds for an all-out ban.